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MLB Playoff Bonanza Open Thread: Indians vs. Astros, Rockies vs. Brewers, Yankees vs. Red Sox, Braves vs. Dodgers

Four playoff games in one day? Yes please.

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

There are four — count ‘em, four! — MLB playoff games on Friday, so we thought we would open this thread up early and just let everyone chat about the games all day long. The festivities start off with Justin Verlander (!) and the Houston Astros facing the stupid face Cleveland Indians at 2:05 p.m., and continue with Game 2 of the Colorado Rockies-Milwaukee Brewers series at 4:15 p.m. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees get their primetime matchup so all of those network executives can stay fat and happy, and then Anibal Sanchez (!!) will face the Los Angeles Dodgers at 9:37 p.m.

In the meantime, this thread may (or may not) be updated with relevant information throughout the day. From pitching matchups to lineups to general game preview-ery, be sure to hit that refresh button every once in a while.

And enjoy the playoff baseball feast!

Cleveland Indians (91-71) at Houston Astros (103-59)

Time/Place: 2:05 p.m., Minute Maid Park
Series: 0-0
SB Nation sites: Let’s Go Tribe and The Crawfish Boxes
Media: TBS,
Pitching Matchup: RHP Corey Kluber (20-7, 2.89 ERA) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (16-9, 2.52 ERA)

ALDS Game 1 Pitching Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Kluber 215.0 26.4 4.0 3.12 5.6
Verlander 214.0 34.8 4.4 2.78 6.8

ALDS Game 1 Lineups

Francisco Lindor - SS George Springer - CF
Michael Brantley - LF Jose Altuve - 2B
Jose Ramirez - 2B Alex Bregman - 3B
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Yuli Gurriel - 1B
Josh Donaldson - 3B Marwin Gonzalez - LF
Yonder Alonso - 1B Carlos Correa - SS
Melky Cabrera - RF Tyler White - DH
Yan Gomes - C Josh Reddick - RF
Jason Kipnis - CF Martin Maldonado - C

Colorado Rockies (91-72) at Milwaukee Brewers (96-67)

Time/Place: 4:15 p.m., Miller Park
Series: 1-0, Milwaukee
SB Nation sites: Purple Row and Brew Crew Ball
Media: Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports Go
Pitching Matchup: LHP Tyler Anderson (7-9, 4.55 ERA) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.50 ERA)

NLDS Game 2 Pitching Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Anderson 176.0 22.3 8.0 4.57 2.0
Chacin 192.2 19.6 8.9 4.03 2.6

NLDS Game 2 Lineups

Charlie Blackmon - CF Lorenzo Cain - CF
DJ LeMahieu - 2B Christian Yelich - RF
Nolan Arenado - 3B Ryan Braun - LF
Carlos Gonzalez - RF Jesus Aguilar - 1B
Trevor Story - SS Mike Moustakas - 3B
Gerardo Parra - LF Hernan Perez - SS
Ian Desmond - 1B Travis Shaw - 2B
Chris Iannetta - C Erik Kratz - C
Tyler Anderson - LHP Jhoulys Chacin - RHP

New York Yankees (100-62) at Boston Red Sox (108-54)

Time/Place: 7:32 p.m., Fenway Park
Series: 0-0
SB Nation sites: Pinstripe Alley and Over the Monster
Media: TBS,
Pitching Matchup: LHP J.A. Happ (17-6, 3.65 ERA) vs. LHP Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA)

ALDS Game 1 Pitching Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Happ 177.2 26.3 7.0 3.98 3.2
Sale 158.0 38.4 5.5 1.98 6.5

ALDS Game 1 Lineups

Andrew McCutchen - LF Mookie Betts - RF
Aaron Judge - RF Andrew Benintendi - LF
Aaron Hicks - CF Steve Pearce - 1B
Giancarlo Stanton - DH J.D. Martinez - DH
Luke Voit - 1B Xander Bogaerts - SS
Didi Gregorius - SS Eduardo Nunez - 3B
Miguel Andujar - 3B Ian Kinsler - 2B
Gary Sanchez - C Sandy Leon - C
Gleyber Torres - 2B Jackie Bradley - CF

Atlanta Braves (90-72) at Los Angeles Dodgers (92-71)

Time/Place: 9:37 p.m., Dodger Stadium
Series: 1-0, Los Angeles
SB Nation sites: Talking Chop and True Blue LA
Media: Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports Go
Pitching Matchup: RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 2.83 ERA) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA)

NLDS Game 2 Pitching Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Sanchez 136.2 24.4 7.6 3.62 2.4
Kershaw 161.1 23.9 4.5 3.19 3.5

NLDS Game 2 Lineups

Ronald Acuna - LF Joc Pederson - LF
Johan Camargo - 3B Justin Turner - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B Max Muncy - 1B
Nick Markakis - RF Manny Machado - SS
Kurt Suzuki - C Yasiel Puig - RF
Ozzie Albies - 2B Cody Bellinger - CF
Ender Inciarte - CF Enrique Hernandez - 2B
Charlie Culberson - SS Yasmani Grandal - C
Anibal Sanchez - RHP Clayton Kershaw - LHP